Like most new communications technologies, sex drove the early days of the Internet. This program looks at the explosion of online sex sites. Featured guests include Danni Ashe, the cover girl for the online sex industry. Sites covered include nervelink.com, danni.com, one-and-only.com, salon.com, and askisadora.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California...
Keywords: sex; porn; erotica; danni ashe; 220
Downloads: 794,508 (1 review)
|Politics on the Web|
The early internet became an instant hit with political organizations and movements that had previously felt shut out of the mainstream press. This program looks at several examples of how the web was being used for political advocacy. Maureen Mason shows us the Institute for Global Communications web site which includes links to PeaceNet, EcoNet, ConflictNet, LaborNet, and WomensNet. Eric Hughes, founder of Cypherpunks, a group working to preserve privacy on the net through encryption, explains...
Keywords: IGC; cypherpunks; encryption; anarchists
Peek-a-boo! The Net has become much more than a text-based exchange medium. People are now putting their personal lives on line, with video. Featured sites include homecams.com, braindump.com, anacam.com, crl.com, simplenet.com, concentric.net/~ballhigh/colorcam.html, chatv.com, and vip.stanford.edu. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California...
Keywords: voyeurism; web cam; anacam; 204
Downloads: 39,658 (1 review)
This is the very first episode of the Net Cafe series. It was shot on location at a cybercafe in San Francisco called CoffeeNet. It looks at the hacker culture and their influence on the early growth of the internet. Guests include Dan Farmer, author of SATAN and COPS; Eliaz Levi (aka Aleph 1), webmaster of underground.org and Bugtraq; also "Omega" and "White Knight" from Cult of the Dead Cow. Originally broadcast in 1996.
Keywords: CDC; r00t; Def Con
Downloads: 38,824 (10 reviews)
|TV Shows Online|
The Internet is challenging television for people's attention. But it's also providing a new platform for the TV business. Sites covered include thirdstory.com, a fan site for Xena: Warrior Princess; ultimatetv.com; a site for sci-fi fans at slip.net/takakin0/; kpix.com; and a site exclusively devoted to Star Trek fans who are obsessed with the number "47". Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet...
Keywords: television; TV; broadcasting
|Net Cafe: Web StartUps - Oct 6, 2000|
Google co-founder Sergei Brin and former San Francisco 49er's quarterback Steve Young are featured guests in this episode. Brin talks about the "new" search engine called Google and how it works; Steve Young talks about his life after football which includes being Chairman of the Board of an internet startup called found.com. Also featured is Douglas Boxer, son of California Senator Barbara Boxer. He started a new web site called voter.com...
Keywords: google; steve young; sergei brin
Downloads: 15,271 (4 reviews)
|Grim Reaper Web Sites|
A look at how web sites deal with the subject of death. Sites featured include an information site on cemeteries, a tribute to the passing of Jerry Garcia, a virtual 3D graveyard, the pop culture death pool, and a virtual pet cemetery. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #206.
Keywords: Episodes: 1998; 206
Downloads: 14,093 (1 review)
A look at various web sites that focus on aliens and unidentified flying objects. Guests include Dan Plonsie, webmaster for berkeley.edu, a site that has lots of information about UFOs and spacey topics; Jerry Bjornson, head of Abductees Anonymous, an organization for people claiming to have been abducted by aliens; and "Chris" (also known as Schwa Head) who reviews several flying saucer sites including MUFON and Schwa Corporation...
Keywords: aliens; flying saucers; abductions
Downloads: 10,050 (2 reviews)
|Grim Reaper Web Sites|
Strange, but one of the most popular topics on the Web is death. You can check out the gravesites and tombstones of famous people, look at your own mortality clock, shop at the L.A. Coroner's Gift Shop, explore the Heaven's Gate suicide plans, or commune with the memory of Timothy Leary. Originally broadcast in 2000.
Keywords: Episodes: 2000; grim reaper; death
Self-publishing no longer means paying thousands of dollars to a printer for a bound book. Self-publishing can be done online and accessible to the world for little or no money. We search out the best sites for aspiring authors as well as sites for finding rare books and downloading books online.
Keywords: Episodes: 1999
|Humor on the Web|
The internet quickly became a platform for spreading jokes and humorous content of all sorts. This program from 1998 looks at some of the early humor sites on the web. Among them, suck.com, aprilfools.com, rubberchicken.com, jigsoftware.com, 40kmiracle.com, thecorporation.com, and zenda.com. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Hosts are Stewart Cheifet, Jane Wither, and Andrew DeVries...
Keywords: humor; comedy; jokes; 207
Did aliens land in Roswell? Were there others involved in JFK's assassination? Are organs being taken from prisoners in China and sold to rich patients needing transplants? We'll explore the World Wide Web to find out who thinks there are conspiracies taking place. Shot on location at the Club I cyber cafe in San Francisco. Originally broadcast in 1999.
Keywords: Episodes: 1999; conspiracy
Downloads: 7,929 (5 reviews)
The web has become a major research source for space science and astronomy. This program looks at the SETI project, solar eclipses, space science education, the controversy over the Martian "face", and the lunar prospector mission. Hosts are Andrew deVries and Stewart Cheifet. Special guests include Ken Bollinger of NASA and Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California...
Keywords: space; nasa; astronomy; 218
|Net Cafe: Web StartUps - Oct 20, 2000|
Featured guest is writer Armistead Maupin, author of "Tales of the City" and "The Night Listeners", the latter first published online at salon.com. Other guests include HotWire CEO Karl Peterson and PayPal COO David Sacks. Other sites covered include mightywords.com and boats.com. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Sara O'Brien, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
Keywords: paypal; hotwire; armistead maupin
Downloads: 6,559 (1 review)
Computer game action is moving online. All types of games, from gory shoot-'em-ups to educational games for kids, are becoming available on the web. Online gaming offers different ways to play; against yourself, against virtual opponents, or against real people. Game sites featured in this program are everquest.com, bezerk.com, grrlgamer.com, (yes, that's how it's spelled), okbridge.com, and shockrave.com...
Keywords: games; everquest; shockrave
From the joke of the day to email traffic in bawdy stories, the web has become a major platform for humor. This program looks at several early humor web sites including useless-facts.com, netfunny.com, mockingbirdmedia.com, simpleton.com, and the Berkeley Systems online game "Get The Picture". Originally broadcast in 1999 from the Club I internet cafe in San Francisco.
Keywords: jokes; humor; comedy
|Nicholas Negroponte - Part One|
This is part one of a special two part series on Net Cafe featuring an in-depth interview with Nicholas Negroponte, Director of the MIT Media Lab, author of Being Digital, and columnist for Wired magazine. Shot on location at the SomArts Cultural Center in San Francisco as a presentation to the Association of Internet Professionals. The interviewer is Net Cafe host Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 2002.
Keywords: MIT; Wired; Being Digital
|The Weird Web|
In the early days of the web, there was a lot of weird stuff going on. This show looks at some of the strange subjects explored on the internet. Weird sites reviewed include Lip Balm Anonymous, UFO Insurance, The Deth Vegetable, Mr. T, The Exploding Whale, Tattoos and Piercing on the Web, Tweety Fish, Go-Force Super Hero, and Stellarc Suspension. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California...
Keywords: UFO; strange; odd
This week on NetCafé, we'll show you several web information sites that are examples of how anyone can start a conspiracy theory because the Internet provides an open and free forum for these theories to proliferate.
Keywords: Episodes: 2001
Downloads: 4,270 (4 reviews)
If you are new to the idea of chat, nervous about joining in, or trying to set up a new chat community, here are some good ways of breaking the ice. Features Tribal Voice, Extempo Systems, Infoseek, and Talk City. Originally broadcast in 1998. Episode #241.
Keywords: Episodes: 2000; chat; chat room; 241
|Net Cafe: Web StartUps - Dec 14, 2001|
Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle is featured in this program on new internet startups. Sites covered include fabric8.com, teoma.com (now AskJeeves), ehobbies.com, and archive.org. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Rebecca Eisenberg, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
Keywords: internet; startup; entrepreneur
|Nicholas Negroponte - Part Two|
This is part two of a special two-part series on Net Cafe featuring an in-depth interview with Nicholas Negroponte, Director of the MIT Media Lab, author of Being Digital, and columnist for Wired magazine. Shot on location at the SomArts Cultural Center in San Francisco as a presentation for the Association of Internet Professionals. The interviewer is Net Cafe host Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 2002.
Keywords: MIT; Media Lab; Wired; Being Digital
Downloads: 3,848 (1 review)
|Net Cafe: Web StartUps - Oct 13, 2000|
A program in the special series on new internet startups. New sites covered include novica.com, joesparks.com, aorafting.com, and morpheus.com. The online animation series Radiskull and Devildoll is featured. Hosts include Sara O'Brien, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Featured guest is San Francisco Chronicle technology writer Benny Evangalista. Shot on location at the Sony Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Keywords: startup; entrepreneur; internet
|War On The Web|
A look at how war is covered on the Net. Featured sites include The War Times Journal at wtj.com; war games at activision.com; an antiwar site at ploughshares.org; real war strategy at tetrad.stanford.edu; and a community of war veterans at nichecom.com/~vfw. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet...
Keywords: war; military; veterans; 208
|Crime and Justice|
As the Internet gets to be a bigger part of our lives, it's perhaps inevitable that it has gained some of the vices of life, too. Having been a relatively benign place to meet people and hang out, the Web is now somewhere that sees its fair share of criminal behavior, and an often helpful medium for gaining knowledge on the topic.
Keywords: Episodes: 1999; crime; justice
In the late nineties, ecommerce was just taking off on the web. This program looks at several innovative online shopping sites including dellajames.com, ebates.com, alibris.com, and rocketcash.com. Originally broadcast in 1999 from the Club I internet cafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet.
Keywords: shopping; commerce; buying
Downloads: 3,413 (2 reviews)
|Comic Books on the Web|
This early Net Cafe program looks at comic book web sites. Included are Jonah Weiland's Comic Book Links, Hellblazer, Sandman, DC Universe, Spawn, The Preacher, Swampthng, Hitman, The Tick, Loving Henry, and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. Guests include Alex Curyea, Kristen Brennan, Jhonen Vasquez and Shawn Sanders. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Includes CyberBlast segment, early experiment in downloading software through the television signal...
Keywords: comic books; comics
Downloads: 3,337 (1 review)
|Net Cafe: Web StartUps - June 1, 2001|
A program in the special Net Cafe series on new internet startups. Sites covered include igougo.com, ants.com, bestcalls.com, and gotomypc.com. Silicon Valley analyst Alex Vieux evalutes the startups. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Keywords: entrepreneur; startup; internet
Downloads: 3,241 (1 review)
|Net Cafe: Web StartUps - Feb 15, 2002|
A program in the special series on internet startups. Featured sites include justgive.org, glossdot.com, localtome.org, and readerville.com. Hosts are Sara O'Brien, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Keywords: entrepreneur; startup; internet
|Net Cafe: Web StartUps - June 8, 2001|
Netflix CEO and co-founder Reed Hastings is the featured guest on this program which looks at new web startups. Other sites covered include genetichealth.com, bigstep.com, and globalviewing.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Guest analyst is venture capitalist Alex Vieux. Shot on location at the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Keywords: netflix; entrepreneur; startup
|The Hollywood Connection|
As the web grew, virtually every movie put up a web site. This show looks at several early uses of the internet by Hollywood. Featured sites include moviecritic.com, film.com, hsx.com, and skinema.com. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Episode #215.
Keywords: hollywood; movies; film; 215
|The Virtual Zoo|
Even if you don't have a zoo in your city, you can still find out about animals on the web. This program looks at several sites that bring the zoo to you. Topics covered include the new web site for the San Francisco Zoo, a zoology and animals portal run by Rachel Shaw focusing on animal pets, cyberark.com, petsinneed.org, primenet.com, apenet.com, and sites about bigfoot, cryptozoology, and weird virtual pets that only exist in people's imagination...
Keywords: pets; apes; zoo; cat; dog; bigfoot; loch ness monster
In this 'Classic Café' episode we go back in time to take a look at various websites that were just beginning to be valuable resources for people doing home improvement work.
Keywords: Episodes: 2002
|Group Therapy Net Style|
Getting therapy online may not be the best way to deal with personal issues, but the internet is providing new tools for self fulfilment. Featured sites on this program include wespsych.com, sonoma-aids.org, thetherapist.com, processes.org, and support-group.com. Also a look at Internet addiction. Featured guests are psychologist Dr. Nancy Wesson and Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet...
Keywords: therapy; advice; counseling; 209
|Webby Awards 1999 - Part One|
At the height of the dot com boom, web creators were recognized at an annual gala event called the Webby Awards. This year's awards ceremony was held at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. Awards were given for best web site in twenty-two different categories. Emcees at the event were Marina Berlin and comedian Mark Marin. This program shows highlights from the first half of the awards ceremony. Anchoring the coverage from the Club I internet cafe in San Francisco are Rebecca Eisenberg, Andrew ...
Keywords: webbys; awards; internet
|New Age Web Sites|
The internet has become home to many new age organizations and movements. This program looks at several examples including astrology.net, itsyoga.com, the Berkeley Psychic Institute, the Covenant of the Goddess, reclaiming.org, and SETI@home. Shot on location at the Club I cybercafe in San Francisco. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1999.
Keywords: witches; astrology; yoga; covenant; psychic; SETI
Hollywood quickly discovered the web as a tool for promoting films. But film makers have also discovered the web as a new medium for sharing information and distributing their creative output. This program looks at several Hollywood oriented web sites incuding atasite.org, the site for the Artists Television Access organization; a site devoted to the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"; and lowres.com, a site that runs an online film festival...
Keywords: hollywood; movies; films; cinema; special effects
|Net Cafe: Web StartUps - Dec 7, 2000|
At the height of the dot com boom, new web sites were sprouting like weeds. This show looked at four sites that were riding the dot com wave. Featured sites include knightridderdigital.com, netratings.com, fancast.com, and sidestep.com. Hosts are Rebecca Eisenberg, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 2000 from the Metreon cyber cafe in San Francisco.
Keywords: entrepreneur; dot com; web ratings
|Science Fiction Online|
There has always been a synergy between the web and sci-fi fans. This program looks at several science fiction web sites. Guests include Forest Ackerman, a sci-fi film maker who runs one of the world's largest real science fiction museums at his mansion in Southern California and who offers virtual visits to his museum online. Sci-fi writer Pam Dixon guides us through great science fiction literature online...
Keywords: star wars; star trek; babylon 5; lucas arts; douglas adams
|Lions and Tigers and Bears|
Thousands of home pages celebrate people's pets and just about every animal under the sun has at least a few Websites devoted to it. And of course a huge number of e-commerce sites now offer everything from exotic animals themselves to everything you need to keep a pet. We take a look at animals online.
Keywords: Episodes: 1999
|The Dark Side of the Web|
The early days of the web provided an outlet for people who wanted to explore ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and other scary things. This program looks at several such sites. Guests include Lady Caroline (Carrie Carolin) who runs cascade.net, a portal for Gothic sites and links to sites dealing with magic, haunted houses, halloween, the paranormal and the occult. Vinnie Corella and Phil Simon show off their site, stepcross.com and the game Bad Mojo in which you go through life as a cockroach...
Keywords: witch; witches; gothic; Cult of the Dead Cow; Covenant of the Goddess; Pulse Entertainment
|Hollywood on the Net|
The worlds of the Internet and Hollywood are moving ever closer. This program looks at how Hollywood is using the web to promote and even distribute movies. Featured sites include girlsonfilm.com, forcor.com, wired.com, mrshowbiz.com, and ifilm.net. Originally broadcast in 1999 from the Club I internet cafe in San Francisco.
Keywords: film; hollywood; entertainment
The internet forever changed the relationship between patient and doctor, allowing patients to research their medical conditions online before seeing a doctor. This program looks at several web sites that provide healthcare information. Sites covered include storksite.com, womenshealth.org, healthy.net, med.stanford.edu, gennexhealth.com, quackwatch.com, and sexclinic.com. Guests include Dr. Patti Britton and Dr...
Keywords: sex; pregnancy; womens health; stanford; 150
Downloads: 2,309 (1 review)
There is no doubt the Internet has changed the way people get their news. While the Net is offering new ways to get local news, it is also providing important world news for those who have moved away from their home community and culture. Features Salon, Knight Ridder Online, Digital High, and IndoLink. Guests include Gary Kamiya, Executive Editor of Salon, Bob Ingle, President of Knight Ridder New Media, and Rebecca Eisenberg of the San Francisco Chronicle...
Keywords: Episodes: 2000; news; cyber; 242
People collect all kinds of strange things and many of them now use the web to extend their hobby. This show looks at several web sites dealing with hobby collections. Topics covered include the online auction of Butterfield and Butterfield, online book collectors, auctionwatch.com, the Vintage Computer Festival, and the art web site of SF MOMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Shot on location at the Club I cybercafe in San Francisco...
Keywords: books; auction; computers; art
One of the fast growing applications on the early internet was chat. This program looks at several approaches to online chatting. Featured sites include activeworlds.com, concretecam.simplenet.com, CU-SeeMe, talkcity.com, daveyd.com, and talk.excite.com. Featured guests include Larry Magid of the L.A. Times and Jo Kraus, cofounder of Excite, Inc. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet...
Keywords: community; chat; cyber; 212
|The Global Net|
In the late nineties the world began catching up with the U.S. in internet access and involvement in the web. This show looked at the international aspects of the net. Featured sites include irishabroad.com, tonic.to, globetv.com, babelfish.altavista.com, and apc.org. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Special guest is Larry Magid. Originally broadcast from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California in 1998...
Keywords: foreign; global; international; 246
In the nineties, it was hard to imagine that the Internet would become a place where people listened to information and entertainment. This program looks at the early stages of Internet radio including audionet.com, the precursor to Marc Cuban's broadcast.com. Other sites featured include imusic.com, radionet.com, emblaze.com, and nineup.com. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet...
Keywords: music; radio; broadcast
|Love and Romance on the Web|
One of the early drivers in the growth of the internet was the topic of dating and romance. This episode of Net Cafe looks at some early examples of sites devoted to love, in various forms. Sites reviewed include globalmatch.com; divaweb.com and its famous advice columnist Midori; Bianca's smut shack at bianca.com; divanet.com, a site offering sexy online shopping and style advice from Nina Rage; the CyberFetish UberMall, and urge2merge.com...
Keywords: love; romance; dating
|Privacy in Cyberspace|
The internet is great for finding information and people, but sometimes it's too easy to find out personal information about people. This program looks at several ways to preserve your online privacy. Featured sites include remorton.com, anonymizer.com, infonex.com, truste.org, guidedogs.org, and whoa.femail.com. Originally broadcast in 1997 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California...
Keywords: privacy; identity; cyberspace